Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)



Critic Consensus: Though there was controversy over the choice of casting, Zellweger's Bridget Jones is a sympathetic, likable, funny character, giving this romantic comedy a lot of charm.

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Based on Helen Fielding's hugely popular novel, this romantic comedy follows Bridget (Renee Zellweger), a post-feminist, thirty-something British woman who has a penchant for alcoholic binges, smoking, and an inability to control her weight. While trying to keep these things in check and also deal with her job in publishing, she visits her parents for a Christmas party. They try to set her up with Mark (Colin Firth), the visiting son of one of their neighbors. Snubbed by Mark, she instead falls for her boss Daniel (Hugh Grant), a dashing lothario who begins to send her suggestive e-mails that soon lead to a dinner date proposition. Daniel reveals that he and Mark attended college together, during which time Mark had an affair with his fiancée. When Bridget finds Daniel cavorting with an American colleague, she decides to change her life with a new job as a TV presenter. At a dinner party, she bumps into Mark again, who expresses his affection for her; when Daniel claims he wants Bridget back, the two fight over who deserves her affections the most. Popular British performers Gemma Jones, Jim Broadbent, and Shirley Henderson appear in the supporting cast. ~ Jason Clark, Rovi
R (for language and some strong sexuality)
Comedy , Romance
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Renée Zellweger
as Bridget Jones
Hugh Grant
as Daniel Cleaver
Colin Firth
as Mark Darcy
Jim Broadbent
as Bridget's Dad
Gemma Jones
as Bridget's Mom
Embeth Davidtz
as Natasha
Celia Imrie
as Una Alconbury
Honor Blackman
as Penny Husbands-Bosworth
James Faulkner
as Uncle Geoffrey
Charmian May
as Mrs. Darcy
Paul Brooke
as Mr. Fitzherbert
Johnny Clegg
as Elderly Man
Felicity Montagu
as Perpetua
Neil Pearson
as Richard Finch
Salman Rushdie
as Himself
Julian Barnes
as Himself
Dominic McHale
as Bernard
Joan Blackman
as Shirley
Dolly Wells
as Woney
Toby Whithouse
as Alastair
Donald Douglas
as Mr. Darcy
Renu Setna
as Mr. Ramdas
Emma Amos
as Pauline
Sulayman Al-Bassam
as Kafir Aghani
Jeffrey Archer
as Himself
Lisa Kay
as Eleanor Ross Heaney
Charlie Caine
as Handsome Stranger
Gareth Marks
as Simon in Marketing
John Clegg
as Elderly Man
Matthew Bates
as `Kafka' Author
Rebecca Charles
as Receptionist
Milennia Strings
as The Musicians
Joseph Alessi
as Inteviewer No. 1
Rhydian Jai-Persad
as Interviewer No. 2
Paul Ross
as Mr. Sit Up Britain
Stewart Wright
as Stage Manager
David Cann
as Cameraman
Millennia Strings
as The Musicians
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Critic Reviews for Bridget Jones's Diary

All Critics (154) | Top Critics (37)

As a film, however, item misses its mark, failing to capitalize on the staccato rhythms and sardonic wit of Bridget's inner life.

Full Review… | April 15, 2008
Top Critic

It's so aggressive you don't even have to like it; the movie likes itself well enough for the both of you.

Full Review… | April 15, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Ms. Zellweger makes the most of what she's given and manages to triumph time and again over her pratfalls and public rump displays. In a word, she's terrific.

Full Review… | April 26, 2007
New York Observer
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This ultra-hyped adaptation of the ultra-successful Helen Fielding novel sends you out with a smile on your face.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's Zellweger's unselfishness that sells the movie. How many other young actresses would be willing to let a movie make fun of their fat thighs?

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Yes, the movie adaptation is just fine, thank you.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for Bridget Jones's Diary


Zellweger is quite adorable in this heartwarming romantic comedy that compensates for its relative predictability with a lot of charm and heart, and it is also very nice to see how the great songs heard in the film punctuate what happens on screen with a good deal of sensibility.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Excellent adaptation of the Helen Fielding novel. Bridget is unlucky in love, a little overweight, smokes too much and has an embarrassing mother. This is her lucky year - two men but will she chose Mr. Right? I love the fighting scene in the street. Great cast. Funny rom com. You just sympathise with Bridget all the way, singleton in her 30s with smug married couples. Mark Darcy is dreamy. I find it amusing that they picked Colin Firth because he played Mark Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Classic rom-com.

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Wildaly M

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